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City flush on selling its solar-powered toilet

April 16, 2012
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PORTLAND — The city of Portland has a unique public toilet that it hopes to sell to other municipalities that lack sufficient public facilities, according to The Bulletin.

The solar-powered toilet — a loo, as locals are calling it — costs roughly $60,000 to produce and another $12,000 annually to maintain, the story stated.

According to the article, the 10-feet-tall structures have a metallic-gray finish that is resistant to graffiti, a major problem for public toilets in other large metropolitan areas.

A city worker cleans the public toilets twice per day to ensure there are no criticisms about malodors, uncleanliness and vandalism, the story noted.

City Commissioner Randy Leonard said, “We can ship them to somebody for $99,000 and all they have to do is bolt them onto their sidewalk and hook them up to sewer and water.”

Portland has sold one unit to Victoria, British Columbia, while the cities of San Diego and Anchorage, Alaska, have expressed interest in purchasing the loo, the story added.

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